Friday, November 30, 2007

It's a little cold...

...in the Northwoods today!

This morning I pulled into the parking lot at the other office, got out of my car and went inside. I came back out and noticed on the LCD advertising screen at the Realtor's office across the street said 3 degrees. I back my van up, turn it to leave the parking lot, look up at the screen and it is now 2 degrees. Uh-huh.

I hate winter. It gets colder every year. I particularly hate winter in the Northwoods. What I wouldn't give for snow instead of this evil cold.

So, anyway, this afternoon we get the report that tomorrow's forecast is sleet and rain in the morning followed by 4-12 inches of snow by tomorrow afternoon. Not only does this destroy ALL of our plans for tomorrow...it probably isn't even true. We never get hit with ANY of the big storms they predict. I'd like to be a meteorologist. I could lie through my teeth with a smile and nary a niggling of conscience AND get paid for it!

Now granted it's not so cold that your boogers freeze and your eyes hurt, yet. That'll be next month. So I guess I shouldn't be complaining. But I'm going to anyway.

This is one of those times when you think back to what the Bible says about God never giving you more than you can handle. And he'll give you the grace to get through it.....yeah.....I wonder about this one. Somehow my graciousness to deal with cold weather slides down the 'grace meter' every year. We've been here 13 years and I honestly don't know how many more of these I can do....

I hate cold.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Someone, Somewhere is....

...getting more sleep than me apparently!

It's 11:35 pm in my neck of the woods. What does that mean? Only that I'm normally sleeping for about 2 hours by now.

What is keeping me awake? Couldn't tell you. I just know that my eyelids refuse to close and my mind is working overtime.

And now I'm hungry.

Thank you very much.

This sucks.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Proof is in the pictures....

I've been talking about all this stuff I've gotten done.

Personally, I like looking at pictures.

Now I just need some background music as I take you on this journey! lol


Socks, obviously. These are made with Patons Kroy Jacquard sock yarn. These are specifically for my brother cuz 1) The colors make me think of him and 2) His were the only feet I had a measurement on...:)


Socks, again. These are made with ? some 100% Cotton baby yarn that I received in a gift package. At least the Off-White is..the white is another 100% Cotton yarn that I had. I think its Aunt Lydia's. Anyhoo...I call these the "Vanilla MilkShake" socks.....I mean don't they look like a vanilla milkshake? With the cream? (I don't care, I think they do) They turned out huge, so these are going to a man.


Socks from hell. 100% Llama. Handspun..Ooh-La-La.... Um, No. One cuff took me like 2 weeks. Granted I wasn't working on them exclusively (because they made my hands cramp) but 2 weeks? Once I got to the instep and the rest of the foot they flew, but the cuffs were evil...EEE-VILLE! Lucky me, I was so wooed by the feel of the Llama at the craft fair I got it at that I have two more pairs of socks worth sitting at home in their evil little balls....


Socks...little socks. Bernat Cool Crochet that was gifted to me. It's tiny. I mean tiny. So I grabbed a size 1 needle and went to town. I made these for my sis-in-law. She's tiny too so they should be a perfect fit.


Rocket ship set for my nephew Sam. It's my pattern...you can get it here for free:
http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=66029 His favorite color is green.
(I still haven't figured out how to put my links in with fancy little words like "here" and "this")


Sweater set for my newest nephew Jake the Snake. I used this pattern:
http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=b14&d_id=25&lang=en
It's written in British English. So if you decide to help yourself to this pattern (as I did), make sure you avail yourself of all their conversion charts before you sign off. You'll need them!


Don't you love the orange buttons? Just happened to dig those out of my stash AFTER I completed the sweater. Talk about providential!


A felted wool purse for my niece Emily. This is her grown up purse. It was just something I whipped out, so there is no pattern to give you. BUT, She is also a horse FREAK, so I think I need to make her this too: http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=65106&highlight=horse+purse Don'tcha think so??


Here are the Ball Band Dishcloths from "Mason-Dixon Knitting". I love these. They are the absolute most fun things to make with all your little leftover balls of cotton from the other dishcloths. Plus, you can make them into simple cotton towels by just making a topper and putting a button on. Only 9 there? I could've sworn I've made about a thousand of them. Ok, so maybe it only feels like a thousand with everything else I've been making.

These are basic knit and crochet dishcloths. I turned one of the really big ones into a towel. I plan to do at least two more towels like this one. It's a snowman. The other two are a Christmas tree and a Gingerbread man. I desperately looked for a link to post, but cannot remember where I got them...so I'm sorry, no pattern for you.
With that I'll bid you adieu and talk to ya later!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

36 Days Till Christmas

WOW!

Guess what I realized? There's only THIRTY---SIX DAYS LEFT!!!!! OM Holy Gawd!

So..how are all of you doing on YOUR Christmas lists? Believe it or not I'm banging 'em out on mine now. I am all but done with the Pokemon *sigh*. I have a few left to do for my son, but those are going to be "last minute- work till midnight to finish them" type gifts.

Another thing I realized is that I haven't posted ANY pictures of the stuff I've made except for Pokemon. People are going to start thinking all I make are Pokemon...which is how its beginning to feel.

I suppose. I don't have anything profound to say except that I love toffee...specifically this guy's toffee.... http://www.scotchwoodtoffee.com
If you like toffee on any level....you will LOVE this toffee! Wish I could slide you a taste through the puter. Unfortunately I've allowed my butterball self to eat too much of it today.

ttfn
biz

Onix Pics, Pattern to follow...

I realized as I sat down to share Onix with you that I left the scrap of paper that I wrote his instructions on at home. So sorry. I will share the pattern next time.

He was so simple to make. The easiest Pokemon to date...except for maybe Jigglypuff or Spoink. I like circles...they are simple, easy, clean...work up great! LOL

If I had been a narcissist (sp?) I would have 'textured' each segment to look like a rock.....
UM..NO! My son forgave me this little faux pas.....

Other than that..just enjoy the pics I guess....



Pokemon Blaziken Look-Alike

Can we say "Lots of Little Pieces"??

**Note** Blogger wouldn't let me seperate the pattern out into sections, so one section is right after the other. Hope this helps in reading it!




**Disclaimer- This pattern has not been tested. All instructions, materials, measurements and gauges are correct to the best of my knowledge. Please feel free to use this pattern for your own personal use. Do not sell my pattern or post it on your website. Please feel free to link to mine though, thanks! **



Pokemon Blaziken Look-Alike
by Elizabeth Mareno 2007



Finished: 14" tall
Advanced Beginner/Intermediate



Materials:
F hook
approx 3 oz Orange/Reddish Orange Worsted Weight Yarn (used Red Heart Super Saver "Carrot")
approx 3 oz Off-White/Linen WW yarn (used Linen colored 'stash' WW yarn)
approx 2 oz Gold WW yarn(used Red Heart Super Saver "Gold")
approx 2 oz Grey WW yarn (used Red Heart Super Saver "Grey Heather")
tiny amt of black
Stuffing, Lg eye needle for assembly, stitch marker
Starting with body: Use Orange/do not join unless noted.
ch2
1- 6sc in 2nd ch from hook (6)
2- 2sc in each (12)
3- (1sc in 1sc, 2sc in next) around (18)
4- (1sc in 2sc, 2sc in next) around (24)
5- (1sc in 3sc, 2sc in next) around (30)
6- (1sc in 4sc, 2sc in next) around (36)
7-13- sc in each. **Change to Off-White**
14- Back Loops Only- sc in each
15-22 Both Loops- sc in each
23- (1sc in 3sc, sc dec) around, sc in last sc (29)
24- (sc in 2sc, sc dec) around, sc in last sc (22)**Start Stuffing**
25- (sc in 1sc, sc dec) around, sc in last sc (15)
26- (dec) around, sc in last sc (8)
27- (dec) around (4)
Cut, leaving a long end to close up the top. Make sure body is stuffed firmly. Weave ends through top opening to close.
Body "Feathers":
At waist, join sc in open loops with off-white at the back of the body, sc in each loop around the body. Join. (36)
1- ch1, sc in join, (hdc, 2dc, hdc, sc twice) twice, hdc, 2dc, hdc, sc, sl st in 6, (sc, hdc, 2dc, hdc, sc) 3times. Join.
2- ch1, sc in join, (hdc, 2dc in 2dc, hdc, sc twice) twice, hdc, 2dc in 2dc, hdc, sc, sl st in 6sl st, (sc, hdc, 2dc in 2dc, hdc, sc) 3 times. Join. Cut. Weave in ends.
Legs: Make 2 starting with Gold.
ch2
1-5- Repeat body
6- Back Loops Only, sc in each.
7-9 Both Loops, sc
10- (sc in 2, sc dec, sc in 4) 3 times, sc in 2, sc dec, sc in 2 (26)
11- sc
12- alternating gold and orange- (1 gold, 1 orange, 2 gold, 1 orange, 3 gold, 1 orange) around leg.
13-14 continue in pattern increasing the orange one or two stitches per "peak" **Begin Stuffing**
15- Orange only, (sc in 3sc, sc dec) 5 times, sc in last sc (21)
16- sc
17- (sc in 2, sc dec) 5 times, sc in last(16)
18-25- sc
26- (sc in 1, sc dec) around, sc in last (11)
Cut, Leave a long end for sewing. Stuff firmly. Sew to body.
Leg "Horns": Using Grey
ch2
1- 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6)
2- (sc in 1, 2sc in next) around (9)
3-4- sc around.
Leave a long end for sewing. Lightly stuff. Sew to back of leg, just above color 'peaks'.
Tail: Use Orange
1-3 Repeat Horns
4- (sc in 2, 2sc in next) twice, sc in last 2 (10)
5- sc
6- (sc in 1, 2sc) around (15)
7- sc.
Cut. Leave a long end for sewing. Stuff. Sew on to his butt.
Arms: Make 2
Start with grey
ch2
1-3 Repeat body
4-10- sc around. **Change to Orange**
11-22 sc around. Stuff.
23- (sc in 1, sc dec) around. (12) Join.
Cut, Leave long end. Do Not sew on yet.
Fingers:
With grey
ch7, place marker on 1st stitch of each round to keep track.
1- sc in 2nd ch and each (6), continuing on the opposite side of ch, sc in each ch (12) do not join.
2- 2sc, sc in 4, 2sc in 2, scin 4, 2sc in last (16)
3-6- sc in each around. Join.
Leave a really long end, Cut. You will be using this piece to shape the fingers as well as sew them onto the arm.
**Stuff lightly**, shape fingers by sewing 'rows' the length of the hand twice. Should be three fingers.
Attach to arm @ row 3, curving the fingers with the row. Embroider claws with straight stitch to tip of each finger with off white.
Arm "Fire": With Orange
Base:
1-(RS) ch19, sc in 2nd ch, *dc in 2, trc, dtrc, trc, dc in 2*, sc in 2, repeat from * to* once, sc in last.
2- ch1, turn, sc, (ch3, dc in sm sp, ch2, sl st in sm sp and next 2 sp) 9 times, sl st in last sp.
Cut with a long end for sewing on.
With Gold
Cut 9-3" pieces. Attach to RS of arm fire base with fringe pointing up the arm.
Sew to arm at wrist.
NOW you may sew the arms on positioned evenly above the legs.
Head: With Off-white
ch2
1-5 Repeat body
6-16 sc around.
17- (sc in 3, dec) around (24) Join.
Cut with long end. Stuff firmly. Center on body, sew on.
Eye/Beak Area: With Orange
RIGHT EYE:
ch2
1-3 repeat body
4-(RS) (1 hdc in sc, 2hdc in next) 5times, (15) leave remaining undone.
5- ch1, turn, sc in 1 (ch3, dc on side of sc, sk next sc, sc in next sc) 4 times.
Sew to right side of head so that the center of the 'curve' meets in the front of his head.
LEFT EYE:
Reat rows 1-3 of right eye.
sl st in 8, then repeat rows 4+5 of right eye.
Sew to left side of head matching placement with the right side.
Beak: with orange
ch2
1- 5sc in 2nd ch. (5)
2- 2sc in each. (10)
3- (1sc in sc, 2sc in next) (15)
4- sc
5- sc in 7, (1 hdc in next, 2 hdc in next) 4 times, (18) join.
Cut. Leave long end. Stuff. Sew onto the center of his face.
Head "Horns": Make 2, With Orange.
ch2
1- 6sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
2-15 sc
Join. Cut. Sew to head so that the open end meets with the top of his beak piece. Tack it down like an eyebrow along the top of his head.
Eyes: Make 2
ch2 with Black
1- 6sc in 2nd ch , join gold (when you cut black off, leave a long end for tacking eye to face.)
2- (1sc in 1, 2sc in next) 4 times. Join.
Cut. leave a long end. Use respective colors to tack eyes down.
"Hair":
FIRST SIDE:
Leave a long end when you make your starting knot, this will be used to tack hair to head.
ch9
1- sc in 2nd ch and each (8)
2- ch2, turn, hdc in each sc (8)
3- ch2, turn, hdc in ch sp (from now on this will be called an increase), hdc in each, 2hdc in last st(10)
4- ch2, turn, inc, hdc in 4, leave remaining undone for now. (6)
5- (RS) ch2, turn, hdc across, 2hdc in last (7)
6- ch2, turn, inc, hdc across (8)
7- repeat 5 (9)
8-23- ch2, turn, hdc in each across
24- ch1, turn, sc in 1, (hdc, dc, hdc)in next, sc in next 2hdc, (hdc, dc, trc, dc, hdc) in next, sc in 2, (hdc, dc, hdc) in next, sc in last. Join
Cut and weave ends.
SECOND SIDE:
rejoin with 1st open hdc on row 4
4- ch2, hdc in 3, 2 hdc in last (6)
5- ch2, turn, inc, hdc across (7)
6- ch2, turn, hdc across, 2hdc in last (8)
7- ch2, turn, inc, hdc in each. (9)
8-24 Repeat first side.
Center and sew to top of head like "hair".
That was a whole lot of information all at once. If I've missed anything..by all means, let me know!
Enjoy,
Biz

Saturday, November 17, 2007

39 Days Till Christmas!

Just slightly over a month till Christmas!

I have purchased batteries..yay, me! I have taken pictures of Onix and Blaziken and Rayquaza....I am promising to post them AND their patterns (not Rayquaza..remember? I threw his pattern out) tomorrow or Monday!

I am almost done with Lucario...as soon as he is completed I will be making the Princess Castle with characters for my niece! Yay! We be movin on!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

41 Days Till Christmas

I completed Lucario's body yesterday.

Went like a snap.

Today I am working on his head.

To this I say....*ARGH*

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

42 Days Till Christmas

No pics today either. I need to buy batteries....likely excuse, I know!

I have finished Blaziken AND Onix Pokemon critters. Both will be posted WITH patterns as soon as I buy batteries. I have to make a Lucario and then I will be done with them (except for Teo's)...Hallelujah!

As for other gifts-in-progress, I've completed four more dishcloths. *Whoop-de-doo*. Still have 5 more and 2 towels to go. Everything has been put pretty much on hold whilst I make Pokemon critters. I am REALLY looking forward to making something that I don't have to design soon.

P'OS(pair 'o socks) #4 is going well. Almost done with first cuff. The colors remind me of my brother, so he'll probably get this pair.

Still have two niece gifts, two nephew gifts, 4 more pairs of socks(Stef asked for a pair), 1-1/2 sets of dishcloths/towels to complete, and all of Teo's toys to do yet.

*sigh*

I learned how to text message last weekend. So now I can flirt with my husband and nobody knows! LOL

Friday, November 09, 2007

Crochet Felted Fall Leaf Pillow

Here is the Felted Fall Leaf Pillow pattern that I have been promising.

**Disclaimer: This pattern has not been tested. All supplies and instructions are complete to the best of my knowledge. If you have a problem with the pattern, Please let me know!

Crochet Felted Fall Leaf Pillow
by: Elizabeth Mareno 2007

**Advance beginner/intermediate.

Materials:
Patons Merino Wool (or any 100% feltable wool)
-1 skn Deep Olive (3.5 oz/ 100g/ 223yds)
-1 skn Rich Red (3.5 oz/100g/ 223yds)
-1 skn Old Gold (3.5oz/100g/ 223 yds)
J hook ( I crochet loosely. If you crochet tight, go up one to two hook sizes)
Stitch marker
Stuffing.
Needle for final assembly.

**Note: Do Not join rounds unless indicated.

Starting @ bottom with Deep Olive:
ch2
1- 6sc in 2nd ch. (6)
2- 2sc in each sc (12)
3- Back Loops Only (BLO)- sc in each around (12)
4-8- Both Loops, sc in each.
9- (2hdc in 1sc, hdc in 5sc) twice (14)
10- (2hdc in 2hdc, hdc in 5) twice (18)
11- (2hdc in 1, hdc in 2, 2hdc in 1, hdc in 5) twice (22)
12- hdc in 2, 2hdc in 2, hdc in 9, 2hdc in 2, hdc in 7 (26)
13- hdc in 3, 2hdc in 2, hdc in 11, 2hdc in 2, hdc in 8 (30)
14- hdc in 4, 2hdc in 2, hdc in 13, 2hdc in 2, hdc in 9 (34)
15- hdc in 5, 2hdc in 2, hdc in 15, 2hdc in 2, hdc in 10 (38)
16- hdc in 4, *(2hdc in next, hdc in 1, 2hdc in 2, hdc in 1, 2hdc in 1)*, hdc in 13, repeat from *to* once, hdc in 9 (46)
17- hdc in 6, *(2hdc in 1, hdc in 1, 2hdc in 2, hdc in 1, 2hdc in 1)*, hdc in 17, repeat from *to* once, hdc in 11 (54)
18- hdc in 10, 2hdc in 2, hdc in 25, 2hdc in 2, hdc in 15 (58)
19- hdc in 11, 2hdc in 2, hdc in 27, 2hdc in 2, hdc in 16 (62)
20-28- place marker on 1st hdc of row 20, increase in the same pattern till you have (98) hdc.
29- Continue in same increase pattern making every 7th hdc red, carry red loosely behind work, do not crochet red into olive, this will get felted in, do not cut red @ end of row (102)
30- Only Olive, follow increase pattern. (106)
31- Continue increase making every 5th hdc red (110)
32- Only Olive, hdc in each around, do not increase (110)
33- Hdc in each around making every 3rd hdc red (110)
34- Hdc in each making every 2nd hdc red.
35- RED ONLY, hdc in each.
36-44- RED ONLY, hdc in each.
45- Hdc in each making every 7th gold
46- Red Only, hdc in each
47- Hdc in each making every 5th gold
48- Red Only, hdc in each
49- Hdc in each making every 3rd gold
50- Hdc in each making every 2nd gold
51- GOLD ONLY, hdc in each
52- hdc in 41, hdc dec twice, hdc 49, hdc dec twice, hdc 10 (104)
53- hdc 40, hdc dec twice, hdc 47, hdc dec twice, hdc 9 (100)
54- hdc 39, hdc dec twice, hdc 45, hdc dec twice, hdc 8 (96)
55- hdc 38, hdc dec twice, hdc 43, hdc dec twice, hdc 7 (92)
56-60 Continue in established decrease (less 1 hdc, dec twice, less 2hdc, dec twice, hdc rem st) until you have (72) hdc.
61- hdc 34, hdc dec twice, hdc 31, hdc dec twice (69)
62- hdc 32, hdc dec twice, hdc 29, hdc dec twice (65)
63- hdc 28, hdc dec four times, hdc 23, hdc dec four times (59)
*First Side opening*
64- hdc 27, hdc dec, leave remaining undone (28)
65- ch2(counts as hdc now and throughout), turn, hdc dec, hdc 24, hdc dec. (26)
66- ch2, turn, hdc dec, hdc 21, hdc dec (24)
67- ch2, turn, hdc dec, hdc 19, hdc dec (22)
68- ch2, turn, hdc dec, hdc 17, hdc dec (20)
69-77- Continue in established decrease pattern until you have (1) hdc remaining (hdc dec on last row). Cut and weave in ends.

**Second Side**This side will actually end one row sooner than the first side.
Attach Gold to first open stitch on row 63 with ch2(does not ct as hdc)
64- hdc in same space and next space, hdc in 23, hdc dec.
65- ch2 (DOES ct as hdc), hdc dec, hdc in 20, hdc dec
repeat rows 66 through 76 of first side ending with one hdc.

BEFORE FELTING: sl st veins on one side or both with Olive.
FELT(I find my felted items pick up less "fuzz" when I put them into a pillowcase)- hang upside down and dry thoroughly.
Stuff, sew sides closed securely.

Enjoy
biz

Pokemon "Mew" Look-Alike

We'll start with a few pictures. You'll notice that I sewed Mew's legs on crooked. When you are making him, you want to line his legs up under his cheeks better than I did! The only other thing I noticed is that his head is a little "taller" than the real Mew's head is.

**Disclaimer** This pattern has not been tested yet. This pattern and all supplies lists associated with it are correct to the best of my knowledge. Please gauge yourself if you are concerned with it coming out the same size as the pattern.
If you have any problems with the pattern, please leave a comment and let me know!
Pokemon "Mew" Look-Alike
By: Elizabeth Mareno 2007
Supplies:
about 4 oz Pink "soft" yarn (Caron Simply Soft, Red Heart Soft)
Tiny amounts of Teal, Red and White "soft" yarns.
F hook
safety pins for row markers
Stuffing
Yarn Needle for assembly
Gauge: with soft yarn- 18sc/20rows= 4"x4"
Finished toy: Approx 8" tall
NOTE: Do not join rounds unless otherwise indicated!
Head and Body are one piece: Starting @ Head with pink.
ch2
1- 6sc in 2nd ch (6)
2- 2sc in each sc (12)
3- (3sc in 1, sc in 5)twice (16)
4- (sc in 3, 2sc) four times (20)
5- sc in 1, 3sc in next, sc in 4, 2sc in next, sc in 4, 3sc in next, sc in 4, 2sc in next, sc in 3 (26)
6- (sc in 4, 2sc) five times, sc in last sc (31)
7- sc in 2, 3sc, sc in 7, 2sc, sc in 7, 3sc, sc in 7, 2sc, sc in 4 (37)
8- sc in 3, 3sc, sc in 18, 3sc, sc in 14 (41)
9- sc in 4, 3sc, scin 10, 2sc, sc in 9, 3sc, sc in 15 (46)
10- sc in 3, 2sc, sc in 3, 2sc, scin 9, 2sc, scin 9, 2sc, sc in 3, 2sc, sc in 14 (51)
11- sc in 6, 3sc, scin 26, 3sc, sc in 17 (55)
12-14- sc in each
15- sc in 14, 2sc, (sc in 6, 2sc)twice, sc in 26 (58)
16-20- sc in each
21- sc in 53, 2sc in 3sc, sc in 2 (61)
22- sc in 55, 2sc in 2sc, sc in 4 (63)
23-24- sc in each
25- sc in 3, 2sc in 3, scin 15, 2sc in 2sc, sc in 6, 2sc in 2sc, sc in 14, 2sc in 3, sc in 15 (73)
26- sc in 6, 2sc in 2, sc in 45, 2sc in 2, sc in 18 (77)
27-28- sc in each
29- (sc in 2, sc dec) around, sc in last (58) start stuffing head
30- (sc in 1, sc dec) around, sc in last (39)
31- (sc in 1, sc dec) around, (26)
32- (sc in 1, sc dec) around, sc in last 2 (18)
33-34- sc in each
35- (sc in 1, 2sc in next) around (27)
36- (sc in 1, 2sc in next) around (36)
37- sc in each
38- (1sc in 3, 2sc in next) around (45)
39-48- sc in each
49- (sc in 4, sc dec) seven times, sc in 3 (38)
50- (sc in 3, sc dec) seven times, sc in 3 (31)
51- (sc in 2, sc dec) seven times, sc in 1, sc dec (23)
52- (sc in 1, sc dec) seven times, sc dec (15)
53- (sc dec) around, sc in last
54- (sc dec) four times. Join.
Cut leaving a long end for sewing. Stuff firmly. Weave ends and close up bottom 'holes' as you sew.
Ears: Make 2 with pink
ch2
1- 6sc in 2nd ch. (6)
2- 2sc in each sc. (12)
3- (3sc in sc, sc in 5) (16)
4-6- sc in each. Join.
Cut leaving a long end for sewing. Stuff lightly and attach to head.
Bottom Feet: Make 2. Join each round. First sc of each round goes into 'join' st.
ch4
1- 3sc in 2nd ch, sc in 1, 3sc in last ch, *working opposite side of starting ch*, sc in 1, join with first sc. (8)
2- ch1, sc , 3sc in next, sc in 3, 3sc in next, sc in 2 (12)
3- ch1, sc, 2sc in 3sc, sc in 3, 2sc in 3sc, sc in 2 (18)
4- ch1, sc in 2, 2sc in 4sc, sc in 6, 2sc in 2, sc in 4 (24)
5- ch1, sc in 4, 2sc in 4, sc in 16 (28)
6- ch1, sc in 4, sc dec, sc in 4, sc dec, sc in 8, sc dec twice, sc in 4 (24)
7- ch1, sc in 3, sc dec, sc in 4, sc dec, sc in 13 (22)
8- ch1, sc around.
9- ch1, sc in 4, hdc in 5, sc in 13 (22)
10- ch1, sc in 3, sc dec 4 times, sc in 6, sc dec, sc in 3 (17)
11- ch1, sc in 3, sc dec twice, sc in 10 (15)
Cut leaving long end for sewing. **Decorative red dot** ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch. Cut. Sew to heel.
Stuff foot and sew on centering it beneath cheek.
Upper Feet: Make 2 with pink
ch2
1- 6sc in 2nd ch. (6)
2- 2sc in each. (12)
3-4- sc in each. Join.
Cut leaving long end for sewing. Stuff lightly and sew on just above the bottom feet angled into the center of the body slightly.
Eyes: Make 2 with teal
ch2
1- 6sc in 2nd ch. (6)
2- 2sc in each. (12)
3- (3sc in 1, sc in 3) three times. (18)
4- 1sc, (3sc in next, sc in 5) twice, 3sc, sc in 4 (24) Join.
Cut leaving long end for sewing. Embroider white dot on eye. Sew eye to face.
Tail: Make 1 with pink
ch2
1- 6sc in 2nd ch. (6)
2- 2sc in each (12)
3- (sc, 2sc in next) (18)
4-8- sc in each. (18) Stuff lightly
9- (sc, sc dec) around. (12)
10- (sc, dec) five times (8)
11-35- sc in each.
Flatten end and sc through both thicknesses. Cut off leaving long end for sewing. Sew to butt.
Have Fun!
biz




Thursday, November 08, 2007

47 Days till Christmas...

To answer the question from last week. NO, I cannot get one present done a day.

I have completed two Pokemon. Mew and Rayquaza. I will post the pattern for Mew..I will not post one for Rayquaza. He was so hard and my hands hurt so bad after making him that regardless of how awesome he looks done...I threw out the pattern and have vowed to never make him again. Nephews better love the one they get!

I should have left my big mouth shut and not asked my nephews if I had their "Pokemon wish list" right...cuz guess what?? I didn't!! They changed all of it!! So now Mew is going to go into my son's goodie box. One small blessing of not needing it for the other boys is that now..I don't have to make another one for Teo!

I am currently working on Blaziken. He is turning out sooooo cool! I will be posting his pattern soon too. Hopefully I get him finished by tomorrow. All I have left is his head, the remainder of one hand and then the finishing.

My son helps me out alot when I'm designing them. He likes to give me little reminders about the parts that I'm missing so that when they are done they are perfect....for my little perfectionist! LOL Really he is a big help. Especially if I have to design them from a picture and I don't have a toy right in front of me to look at. Mew was hard like that. I only had a picture to go off of.

Teo has specifically requested Chimchar, Turtwig and Piplup. They, of course, are all from the new season....la dee dah....and so they are his current favorites! They should be very easy to do because they all have simple shapes.....BUT then he threw in there guys like Combee (wierd head) and Steelix (every other segment has little straight things that come out..his words not mine..) and Charizard (he actually shouldn't be too hard). OOHH wait...and Dragonite...he's basically a Charizard with different details. It all really comes down to shaping. Shaping can be the poopiest part of designing. Mew was a miracle from God that he came out as awesome as he did. I promise to post his pattern tomorrow with pictures!

And since I am a slacker I will post the patterns for the Felted Fall Leaf Pillow and possibly the Fall Leaf Afghan Border tomorrow too!

**Uber mini side-note** I have completed Pair 'O Socks #3 for Christmas. Second one turned out miniature beside the first one..so I did some laundry magic and washed them and shrunk the big one to match the little one...cuz the little one wouldn't stretch to meet the big one....LMBO!!! Have started P'OS #4 in superwash wool!

Ok...I feel like this whole post is all me, me, me....

Oh wait..it's my blog....hmmm

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

WIP's

Just a tiny update.

Almost finished with the rocket/astronauts/aliens for my nephew. Just have to finish the astronauts and aliens up.

Almost done with pair of socks #3. Just have the foot part remaining.

Soon to start designing more Pokemon critters for nephews. I think I'm going to make a box of them for my son too. I just can't think of what else he would like besides those. He wants a Wii, but I refuse to get him one. He already has a PS2, GameCube, GBA and Nintendo DS....like the child needs ONE more system!! Besides that he doesn't really want anything else. And Pokemon critters are something noone else will be able to do. :)

I may be revising one of the niece gifts. Instead of a purse, I think I may end up alterring the rocket ship into a castle w/ drawbridge door and making a princess/prince/steed and dragon to go in it for my littlest niece. She's 4 (soon to be 5) and she's all about the princess! She is THE drama queen!

Time keeps ticking away. Only 54 days till Christmas! And about 54 things to make! Can I get one done a day?? We'll see....

Thursday, October 25, 2007

In the works...thinking about Christmas!

I'm a bad blogger-girl. I have no pictures today!

I have been thinking madly about Christmas presents. Note that I've been THINKING madly...not MAKING madly!

I have only completed 2 1/2 pairs of socks(2 mens- 1 ladies)...about 20 or so dishcloths and cotton towels (not 20 of each mind you...just 20)...one felted purse for a niece and I am currently working on a toy for a nephew. I only have about 8 BAZILLION more to go!! I mean where did all the children in my family come from?? Really??...One day I looked and there's like 12 of them (between two brothers and us. and we have the '2')!! GAWD!

Ok enough drama. Here's the skinny...I really have two more niece purses to go (just waiting on orange wool to get here)....6 stuffed critters for two nephews(3 each)....sweater/hat set for newest nephew....a 2 yr old boy I have NO clue what to make anything for....5 more pairs of wool socks for the 'men' in the family....mom's and sis-in-law's are getting kitchen baskets with dishcloths/cotton towels and whatever else cute stuff I find. Is that everyone? I don't make stuff for my kids and hubby for Christmas anymore...they get stuff all year. **counting on fingers**I think that's everyone.

And sometime in there is a baby shower for a girlfriend...so I am currently knitting a baby blanket too. Yay, the fun just keeps coming!

Update on the family. As traumatic as losing Bailey was, everyone is beginning to bounce back. Teo doesn't cry as often anymore. We are all able to talk about Bailey now and remember her fondly without anyone having a breakdown. We can all smile. There is still such an emptiness to our home but we know that with time it won't be as bad. Mack, our 5 yr old chocolate lab, is doing ok. I think he misses her even though she tortured him. She was his companion. He has started coming with us to the store everyday again. I just don't want him to be alone everyday. He loves being here anyway! :)

Don't be too sad for the kids....they've already started researching turtles as their next pets. We decided no more dogs...they are just too hard when something happens to them. It's amazing how the human soul bounces back from sadness and finds joy just simply trying to survive.

ttfn
biz

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

In Remembrance....

I just wanted to share with you some memories of Bailey. We had her put to sleep yesterday and it was traumatic to say the least. There is a hole in our family.

I think little Teo's heart is broken the most. I miss her fuzzy body in the house. I miss her nudging me with her wet nose every morning and the 'snuffing' noise she made when she was sniffing something out. I truly miss her smile and the way she'd squint her eyes when you scratched her butt, like it was the best thing to happen since sliced bread (although she'd take the bread over a butt scratch any day).

She was Bailey Rose Mareno aka 'Bay', 'Baelita Rosita', 'Baybers', 'Bayzers', and 'Bailey Bays'. (as well as a myriad of other nicknames)
2004-2007



Wednesday, October 17, 2007

I've got the sick-puppy blues

Once again Tony is in Michigan for a week for work. It makes me think of the line in "Return to Me" starring David Duchovny and Minnie Driver where he says "I miss Elizabeth, I'll always miss her. But I ache for Grace." If you've never seen the movie..do so..its an awesome love story. Anyway, that's how I feel when Tony is gone.

Here on the home front...I've gained 3 lbs. Plus I am dealing with a severely allergic dog. Yep, it turns out Bailey, our 3 yr old yellow lab has severe allergies. Right now the vet is using Prednasone to settle them down. However, preds are a 'step-down' medicine and as soon as I took her off of the full dose, she started chewing on herself again. In the three weeks that she has been on the medicine we have gotten back to daily obsessive licking, obsessive itching of the ears and lack of sleep at night. Except now her bowels have softened to the point of almost diarrhea and she pee's about a gallon at each shot. She drinks constantly, I can't keep her bowl full enough. And she's eating me out of house and home. We are now buying two bags of food a week.

I've spoken with the lady that owns the boarding kennel that the dogs stay at. She works for the vet that cares for our dogs. She said she had the same thing happen to her and that she ended up having to put the dog down. She spent a year and about a $1000.00 and did everything that she could do and ended up putting her down. Folks, I don't have a $1000.00 to spend on a dog. I love Bailey. She has the sweetest disposition even if she is a 'dumpster diver'. She loves to be loved, but I am being placed in the position of having to put a price tag on a pet. I can't ask Tony about this. He'll just agree with whatever my decision is cuz I deal with all of our finances. If I say that we can't afford the maintenance for special food and drugs every month...he won't argue.

I feel like I'm playing god with this dog. I feel like somehow I'm letting my God down by not being able to fully take care of 'one of the least of these'. Is there something more I could do? I don't want to hand her off to another family to get used to. We are her third family as it is. Our vet said that her allergies may be the reason that we are her third family. Allergies which we had no knowledge of. And now that she's been on preds for a while I can see that they were giving them to her before and didn't say a word about it. Very deceptive. At least I'm not just passing her around. I know this is sad to say, but I would find it more merciful to put her down than to keep passing her from family to family never finding a real home because she's sick.

It really boils down to money. There is just no way that I can pay our bills, keep food in our house and take care of Bailey's medical needs. I just can't. As it is, we haven't really bought food for a week or two because of having to take Bailey to the dr, get her medicine, and keep her in food. Thank god we had a full pantry at the time or we'd have been hurting. Argh. Saying that I feel like such a pauper.

I'm just going to quit whining now. God is my source. I just have to remember that. He will give me joy and make a way where there is no way.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Kids Afghan

Another one bites the dust.... Yes, my friends, I have finally completed another WIP! This one only sat around for 6 months...pretty good, pretty good!

This afghan was done in TLC Amore in black with various worsted weight yarns for motifs and colors on the blocks. Mostly Red Heart SS. Each square has a different number of motifs (1-12) and I try to make it as colorful as possible. This one is going to a new baby in LaCrosse via my mom.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Purse Swap Thank You!

A Huge THANK YOU to my C'Ville Fall Purse Swap Partner, CJ!! She sent me an amazing package filled with this wonderful purse, her families favorite candies, pens, a neat note pad, paper clips, pattern sheets for purses, coffee and my favorite Chamomile Tea! I'm sorry to say that my camera was hiding in plain site the day that my package arrived and everything she sent is currently working hard in my home or someone's tummy! I apologize for not being able to photograph all of her thoughtful and wonderful goodies, but I wanted to definitely show off the beautiful purse she put so much time and energy into! As you can see, it too, is hard at work in my life. It's stacked to the top with all of my junk! I have received countless compliments on my new bag! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Wedding Gifts

FINALLY, I am done with the wedding gifts for Matt and Lisa!! He works for the Forestry Department and their house is all woodsy/animals/earthy...so I made them an afghan done in tree colors. lol. I got about 30 squares into my original 48 squares and thought I was going to lose my mind. So I decided to quit and jerry-rig a border. Well it turned out pretty cool looking. The border is done to look like fall leaves. **I will post the pattern for it tomorrow**.

Then I figured a fall leaf blanket needed a fall leaf pillow. So I made one from Patons Merino Wool and felted it. **Pattern posted tomorrow too!**

Then I rounded it out by making some pot holders and some dishcloths. Mom contributed by embroidering a set of kitchen towels with wildlife pictures...deer, bear, moose...etc. She did a great job. This is all coming from our two families, so it worked out really nice!
I hope they like it all. I know some of the colors are outrageous...but their house needs a burst of color!
Let me know what you think!
TTFN
bizzer




Thursday, September 20, 2007

Baby Kimono

This is the "Heartbreakingly Cute Baby Kimono" from "Mason-Dixon Knitting".
I didn't have access to Peaches and Cream, so I substituted a really soft Sugar n Cream that was primarily white with little turquoise, lime green and yellow speckles. I used a green and yellow checkered ribbon in complementary colors to finish off.


I think I loved making this. It is the first garment (besides socks) I have ever knit. It was my first real experience at sewing a knitted garment together. Thank the knit gods that there were only two seams..I don't think I could have handled much more. Crochet, at this point, is way easier!

While crochet is and will always be my first craft love...I think knitting is beginning to gain great favor. I have actually been LOOKING for knit patterns. I've found two baby patterns that I want to try. Not now, mind you..Christmas is coming and there are tooooo many things to be done for that to fiddle with 'no need' baby gifts. But they will get done. I have a g-friend due with baby #4 in January. So I'm sure I'll find the need to make one of them. Depends on what she's having. I think she has the ultrasound for that today, so we'll see..

Ok, I'm totally rambling...sorry...this was supposed to be a post about a knit kimono..not an ultrasound.

ttfn
biz

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Slow Knitter

Yikes.

Has it really taken me 2 weeks to knit fifty rows?

Monday, September 17, 2007

Blingy Mommy Bag and Clutch Wallet

This is my newest design. It was inspired by my C'ville Purse Swap partner who is an accountant AND a mom of a 9-month old! So here were my thoughts...a bag big enough to hold alot...be of practical/professional quality, yet be fun and funky....a place to put a checkbook and keys without losing them in the bottom of the bag....

Here's what we got!!! **Thanks Stef for being my model!**

My partner loves the black/pink/white combination. I used Patons Merino wool in Black, Too Pink and Winter White. I also used black fun fur in a few rows and on the top to add just a touch of "phouf". I also used some pink pony beads with an Aurora Borealis finish on them. It adds just a little shimmer....

The coordinating clutch was so simple to make. I happened to find a bag (in my stash) of the coolest vintage wood buttons and used one on the clutch for a closure.
I WILL be sharing this pattern for free. I am currently testing it and once I am completed doing that and have all the 'snafoos' taken care of...I will let you have it! Plus, I want to get my swap partners reaction to it. I hope she loves it as much as I do!

ttfn
biz


Thursday, September 13, 2007

Today...I am melancholy.

Today...I have a list of things I want to do and are not accomplishing any of them.

Today...I am talking with someone I love very much and feeling like they have changed. Not bad, not good, just changed. A sweetness and an innocence that I used to adore, is now gone.

Today...I am relying on God for my joy.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

AG Kitty Kat Costume

Here's the latest design in the Halloween Costume Collection. "Kitty Kat in Black".
Here's her sassy self....
Bodysuit with shrug and kitty ears headband.




I noticed that I forgot to design a trick or treat bag, though....



Toy Swap Thank you!

Thank you to afswife (Melissa) for these wonderful gifts for my munchkins....
A cupcake purse for Stefani..

And a Poke'pocket for Teo..

Thanks again!

My Llama Wool

So I was at this craft fair this weekend. And there was this little woman sitting and demonstrating spinning (a craft I NEVER intend to learn)...and she had wool.

Baskets and baskets of wool.

Oh yes. I had to touch it. Actually I started love affairs with three particulars skeins that decided to come home with me.

If I had been intelligent I would have taken pictures of them before they were dismantled and rolled....but ya know how the fable goes....after marriage ya lose some of your fluffy lusciousness.(ya know, cuz I was having a love affair with them...and they came home with me....WHAT?!? did ya think I was easy??? )haha..sick humor! Like my husband says when I don't understand him...'you're in the car, now ride along'...kind of like..'keep up with me, here'....
Nevermind.

I had to have them in balls before I could start socks...so here they are. Burgundy one is just Llama, the other two are llama and silk.

A Few Thank You's

In July I had joined a 'Cotton Yarn Swap' on the 'ville. Well, my partner was not able to keep her end of the bargain, so they called for 'rescuers'. Here are the pics of what my rescuers sent to me.
This is the first package...which in all honesty I thought was my rescue package and was just so glad to get! I was humbled that somebody cared to do something like this. Thank you to you who sent it! I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness! All but the white is used already!

Then about a week later I got a PM from Tampa Doll @ the 'ville stating that my rescue package would shortly be on its way....I'm thinking "another one?"
WELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL....it got here yesterday. I couldn't tell if the moisture on all the yarn was from the drool...or the tears! WOW, what an awesome package! Put together by....
Amberslipstitch - SPRAT605-Julie5813 - Renegade - Clocke - SFGWife - Tampa Doll.....
Is there any way to even begin to thank you? You are some awesome chicks!

I was sooooooooooo stoked to get some knitting patterns!

I couldn't keep my hands off....I HAD to knit a dishcloth. It was totally labor intensive considering I'm a NEW knitter and I couldn't memorize the pattern! I completed one and then HAD to start another one right away(in a diff pattern, of course)...it was so FUN!

YUMMMMY...I can't wait to drink my cocoa! I've decided the clips will be used to mark all of the patterns I want to make and my daughter just had to open up the light-up crochet hook and do something with it right away(its one of my fave sizes -G-)...I must say..it's pretty cool!

Here's a better close up of some of the more unusual cottons. I see socks....at least 3 pairs...you have no idea how much this helps me with my Christmas load!!

Once again...how can I thank you??

I will do so very humbly!

Biz

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Nothing much...

...going on. I have no pictures to show you. I have begun another afghan. It is a wedding gift. The colors are, get this, Ranch Red, Carrot, and Gold. Gorgeous fall colors. They live in a house decorated totally with outdoorsy stuff. He works for the forestry department...soooooo...they need a splash of color in their lives!

I am also working on another AG design. This one seems to be taking me a long time.

Other than that...its just been work, work, work...try to remember what the heck you are doing...work, work, work....get distracted and then, OH! Time to go home! :)

my happy life.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Crafty Updates cont'd

I swear...this is the last of my updates!
This is the other toy that I made for the Toy Swap on C'ville. The little girl is 1-1/2 yrs old, so I made her a baby doll with a backpack. The doll fits in the bag if she wants to stuff her in there, or she can just carry the doll and stuff other things in the bag....
The little girls hair is brown with touches of red....but I just LOVED this yarn when I found it for the dolly's hair...it's not too red is it?